Former MLS All-Star and Coach Robin Fraser Named by CT United FC as Chief Sporting Advisor

Robin Fraser

Connecticut’s recently awarded MLS NEXT Pro expansion team, CT United FC today announced the appointment of U.S. soccer legend Robin Fraser, as Chief Sporting Advisor to the club’s board. Fraser’s history of success as a player and a coach will help shape the highly anticipated launch of CT United FC.

In this role, Fraser will oversee all sporting aspects of the club, including initial staffing decisions for both CT United and CT United Academy.

From being the first-ever draft pick of the LA Galaxy through him playing for Colorado Rapids, and Columbus Crew – Robin was a five-time MLS All-Star and a two-time MLS Defender of the Year. In addition, Fraser made 27 appearances for the U.S. Men's National team.

”It’s always been our goal to bring MLS to Connecticut and our MLS NEXT Pro team and free Academy are critical steps along our path,“ said André Swanston, Founding Partner of Connecticut Sports Group (CTSG). Our experience with technology and innovation coupled with Robin’s strategic leadership will prepare us to excel on and off the field.”

Connecticut is primed to become the nation's most ardent soccer state. According to data collected using Kantar’s Profiles Audience Network, CT fans are 18.4% more likely to follow MLS and are 21% more likely to watch or listen to MLS matches than the U.S. average.

“Robin has exceptional experience that only a few have. Having previously worked with him in different capacities, I also know that he is highly competitive and thoughtful,” said Ali Curtis, Senior Vice President of Competition & Operations, MLS NEXT Pro. “As Robin leads the building of the club’s sporting infrastructure, we look forward to supporting him during this early and important time in CT United’s history.”

Known for nurturing young talent, Fraser’s expertise aligns with CT United’s commitment to creating a player development path from youth academy to MLS and international professional level. Most recently, Robin served as the head coach of Colorado Rapids, where he led the club to be Western Conference Champions in 2021 and was runner-up for MLS Coach of the Year. Before that Fraser was an Assistant Coach for Toronto FC clinching both the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup in 2017. Fraser is no stranger to the Northeast as he was an integral part of the coaching staff for the New York Red Bulls, where he helped them win an MLS Supporters Shield in 2015.

“I will always be a coach at heart, but I am thrilled for the opportunity to help the CT United FC ownership group build not just a staff and roster, but the foundation of a club culture Connecticut fans can be proud of,” said Robin Fraser, Chief Sporting Advisor, CT United FC.

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